7 Environmental Movies to Watch on Netflix Now

If you're like me, finding a movie on Netflix is a daunting and stressful task. The usual process goes like this: open Netflix, scroll down, watch five minutes of a movie, scroll some more, get overwhelmed, close Netflix. There are so many options and so many genres that curating the perfect film seems like nearly an impossible task, which is why we've put together a list of our favorite environmental films you can stream right now. No more scrolling for minutes on end, just open, search, and watch!

Mission Blue

Oceanographer Dr. Silvia Earle believes that the 'a world without the ocean is a world without us.' She takes us on a journey to the Galapagos where scientists, environmentalists, and more gather to work towards Earle's goal - to save the ocean's from pollution and overfishing, and protect the natural systems that keep humans alive.

 
 

Gasland

When director Josh Fox is offered $100,000 from a natural gas company who is interested in exploring and possibly fracking his land in Pennsylvania, he embarks on a journey to understand the effects of fracking on a deeper level. After interviewing many people who live near drilling cites across the country, Fox exposes the harsh realities of fracking, and it isn't pretty.

 
 

Chasing Ice

After photographer James Balog went to the Arctic to capture images of climate change, he was determined to continue this project. Chasing Ice showcases Balog's craziest expedition - The Extreme Ice Survey - in which he and his crew set up time-lapse cameras across the Arctic, filming multi-year changes of the world's glaciers. 

 
 

DamNation

DamNation explores the shift in America's attitudes towards dams as the nation begins to realize that the health of our waterways depends on free flowing rivers. As dams are removed and rivers come back to life, we are forced to question our role as influencers of the natural world.

 
 

Tiny

Tiny follows a couple who built a tiny home from scratch, as well as other families who have chosen to downsize their lives, raising questions about what types of things we actually need, how sustainable our lifestyles are, and how we impact the earth and the people around us.

 
 

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

In an era of disposable products, pollution and waste is more extreme than ever. Filmmaker Angela Sun travels to the Midway Atoll, one of the most remote places on earth, to gain a better understanding of how extensive and detrimental the Great Pacific Garbage Patch actually is.

 
 

Food, Inc.

Food, Inc. explores where the food we buy really comes from, and what it means for the health of future generations and for the environment, questioning corporate practices that exploit various laws and subsidies.

 

Moral of the Story: Learning about the environment is just a click away.